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by: mjlocher August 21, 2012 12:08 PM PDT

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Online Storage - Choosing The Right One

by mjlocher - 8/21/12 12:08 PM

Hi everyone. I'm relatively new here, and not quite the up-to-date techie I was a few years ago, so thanks in advance for your patience.

Frustrated with a dead external hard drive, I'm finally looking to make the jump to online storage. In a pinch about a month ago, I pulled the trigger on iDrive, but already, I realize it's not quite what I want. I plan to cancel that service. I'm looking for new suggestions.

My requirements strike me as pretty simple. I'd like an online storage option that gives me simple manual control of what is stored, where it's stored, and how it's organized.

What frustrated me about iDrive, for instance, was that although I could select the files and folders on any given device that I'd like to back up, it would be stored by iDrive according to a file structure that I couldn't manipulate. For example: If I backed up the PICTURES folder on LAPTOP1, it would be stored by iDrive as LAPTOP1/PICTURES. If I backed up the PICTURES folder on LAPTOP2, it would be stored as LAPTOP2/PICTURES. The service gave me no option to back up files from multiple sources into a single destination (such as BACKUP/PICTURES), or for merging destination folders. This left me with duplicated storage, eating up my quota.

That kind of service is a fine choice for someone looking for a backup-retrieval option alone, but not for someone actually looking for useful storage.

Now, it strikes me that companies which offer flexible file-sharing and cloud services (like Dropbox) might actually give me exactly what I want: I could create a "BACKUP" folder, organize it how I like, share it only with my wife and between our various devices, and deposit/retrieve/restructure without worrying about iDrive-style limitations and device-married folders.

Any feedback on that tactic? Are services like Dropbox and Yousendit suitably safe for storing valuable stuff? I'm also looking at JustCloud.com, for the record.

Thanks, so much.

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